Dunfermline Athletic have signed highly-rated Hibs striker Lewis Allan in time for their clash with Forfar.
Hibs have high hopes for the teenager and proved that when they offered him a new three-year deal earlier this month, although Easter Road boss Alan Stubbs reckons the tall forward will benefit from more competitive game time.
It is understood the delay in getting the deal done was due to the fact that end-of-season play-off dates had not been finalised, with Dunfermline keen to ensure Allan will be available if they are involved.
Potter has been an admirer of Allan’s ability for some time now, and even played against the teenage prospect in his playing days.
“I’ve liked Lewis since the first-time I saw him during pre-season,” he explained.
“I’ve watched him five or six times – I even played against him for a half in the 20s – and we like him a lot.
“He is a player we believe has good potential and we have been speaking to Hibs constantly about him.
“Hopefully there are no glitches and that goes over the line.
“Playing against him was a good way to size him up – I got a few punches into him and showed him what’s what!
“But, seriously, we think he can do well here.
“Lewis is big, strong, quick and is confident at the moment.
“He has never played here before so he brings a freshness to things as well.”
Now the Allan deal has been completed, Potter has insisted that that will be the end of his foray in the transfer market.
“I’m quite happy with the squad I’ve got, there’s a better balance and more competition for places,” he added.
“The squad is actually a bit bigger than I maybe would have liked, but we’ll go with it.
“There will be people disappointed every week that they are not playing, but it’s up to these guys to get back in.
“Stuart Urquhart wasn’t involved two weeks ago but he came back and did very well, so he’s in my thoughts this week.
“So you are never out of contention.
“People who do well in the Under 20s can get their chance to get involved as well.”
Potter added his delight that defender Ryan Williamson came through his return to action in the Under 20s earlier this week unscathed, and will weigh up whether to add him to the squad for tomorrow’s trip to Station Park.
The Pars boss added: “He tired towards the end, and we didn’t expect him to play 90 minutes, but he did very well.
“The first half was like the Ryan of old, taking players on and getting to the byeline, so it’s great to have him back.
“We’ll see how he goes in training and then we’ll make a decision before the game.”